SAINT PAUL, Minn. - All is right in the world at Tom Reid's Hockey City Pub, now that Minnesota Wild hockey is back.
On Saturday night, Wild fans packed the place just two hours before the season opener at the Xcel Energy Center just two blocks away.
Fans were sporting jerseys of favorite players past and present. And many were talking about new players, Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, and about the potential of this year's team.
At Tom Reid's they are glad to finally have a date on the calendar for Wild Hockey. Not having hockey games for the past few months has not been great for business.
It has been frustrating for fans, too. Fans like Hal Beauvais.
"Very frustrating to feel like we spend a lot of our disposable income, which we don't have a lot of disposable income, on hockey and hockey jerseys and hockey clothes and hockey video games, and to have a bunch millionaires fight over the dollars that come from the fans was very frustrating," said Beauvais, who drove from Willmar to see the game. "But obviously [it's] not frustration enough that I'm not right back here and ready to go."
Now that hockey is back, the manager at Tom Reid's, Sam Bergstrom, said he is hiring eight to ten more employees.
Reid stopped in to his restaurant Saturday before heading over the the Xcel. He was happy to see the standing-room-only crowd.
"I'm feeling a lot better now," said Reid. "This was a very tough time during the lockout, for all of us down here on West Seventh Street. People are pretty excited about what's happening here tonight."
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